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Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

It was a good weekend to be a Buckeye.

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Following the opening weekend of the 2018 college football season, the Big Ten Conference announced its Week 1 Players of the Week on Monday, and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins was honored for his record-breaking performance.

In his first career start, sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins threw for 313 yards and 5 touchdowns on 22-of-33 passing. Both tallies marked new Ohio State records for a first-time starter. The new signal-caller also led the offense to 721 total yards, the second most in school history, behind only the 2016 season opener against Bowling Green.

While this is the first weekly award for Haskins, he is, of course, taking over for J.T. Barrett who won the honor three times in 2017 and nine times in his career.

This is the fourth consecutive season that a Buckeye has been named the Offensive Player of the Week for the season opener, following Braxton Miller in 2015, and Barrett the last two seasons.

Also earning honors from the conference were Illinois linebacker Jake Hasen and Maryland defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr. who shared the defensive honor, Michigan’s Ambry Thomas and Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr., who split the special teams award, and the co-Freshmen of the Week Maryland’s Jeshaun Jones and Purdue’s Rondale Moore.

Last season, the Ohio State team collected a total of seven individual weekly awards. Barrett was named the Offensive Player of the Week three times, while running back Mike Weber received the honor was once; Sam Hubbard took home the defensive award for his performance against Michigan, and J.K. Dobbins was named the Freshman of the Week twice.